the presidential campaign and the analysis of stuart rothenberg and susan page as the candidates fine tune their messages days before the first debate. >> brown: we zero in on one issue confronting the candidates. hari sreenivasan reports on the safety net program known as medicaid. >> anyone of us at an advanced age really is just one fall away from a broken hip that could end you up in a nursing home. >> woodruff: ray suarez talks with author hedrick smith. his new book explores the dismantling of the american dream for the middle class. >> brown: and we look at oppression and empowerment for women around the world, with journalists and filmmakers nicholas kristof and sheryl wudunn. >> once you give a woman education and a chance to work, she can astound you. >> woodruff: that's all ahead on tonight's newshour. major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: moving our economy for 160 years. bnsf, the engine that connects us. and with the ongoing support of these institutions and foundations. and... this program was made possible by the corporation for public broadcasting.
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with susan page and stuart rothenberg on the big debate happening wednesday; medicaid, as both sides see it; the middle class and the american dream; and documenting the worldwide oppression of women, with filmakers nicholas kristof and sheryl wudunn. but first, the other news of the day, here's kwame holman. >> holman: a suicide bomber in afghanistan killed at least 14 people today, including three american troops. the attack came as the number of u.s. deaths in the afghan war went above 2000 during the weekend. in the latest violence, u.s. forces were on patrol with afghan troops in khost when the bomber drove his motorcycle into their midst and set off explosives. the blast strewed debris across a marketplace. in addition to the americans, ten afghan civilians and police were killed. in iraq, the government announced 365 people were killed during september, the most in more than two years. the total included 26 iraqis who died sunday. a wave of bombings targeted shi- ite neighborhoods, from the northern city of kirkuk to the southern town of kut. the iraqi affiliate of al-qaeda cl
: massachusetts is among the top senate contests our stewar stuart rothenberg ann page will be watching on election day. it's one of nine toss-up races on the ballot. those races are nevada, montana, indiana, wisconsin, virginia, connecticut and massachusetts. susan page is the washington bureau chief for usa today and stu rothenberg is also a columnist for roll call. thank you both for being with us. susan, republicans need to win four morrison at seats if president obama wins re-election to gain the majority. only three if governor romney wins. what are the prospects? >> a year ago we would have said it was good for republicans to take over the senate. they've had one disappointing outcome after another in these states it's a stretch for republicans to take control of the senate. they may gain a seat or two but i think it's unlikely they're going to get to control. >> i generally agree except i do think the senate is still in play. the problem is republicans have to pull the inside straight. there are basically four or five states that democratic states that are competing in. they need t
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